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An Inaccurate DistanceGiovanni Giaretta IFFR 2016 15′
Bertani is a traveller of the mind, more than the body. He writes in more than 100 languages, but hardly ever leaves his home. Language is his gateway to other worlds.
Karakia - The Resetting CeremonySasha Huber IFFR 2016 6′
A ceremony on a glacier in New Zealand that erases the racism of colonial history with a Maori blessing.
Kwassa KwassaTuan Andrew Nguyen IFFR 2016 19′
The island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean, is the new outermost EU border. On its poor island neighbour, craftsmen are building a kwassa kwassa - 'an unstable boat'.
Love Story NotYosep Anggi Noen IFFR 2016 30′
A compassionate double portrait of two young prostitutes, whose lives connect through Erik, a young man who charms them both for his own financial advantage.
A Man ReturnedMahdi Fleifel IFFR 2016 30′
In a Palestinian refugee camp, Reda’s parents have found a bride who is to calm his life. A bittersweet love story.
MedaEmanuel Pârvu IFFR 2016 15′
Welcome to the world of Romanian bureaucracy, where foster daughter Meda is immediately removed from home for administrative, irrelevant reasons.
Melon RainbowLaurits Flensted-Jensen IFFR 2016 28′
Melon Rainbow cleans for people she has almost no contact with and spends her evenings working in neon light from her bed.
Metropolitan Triangle GardenRui Hu IFFR 2016 4′
At Metropolitan Triangle Garden’s digital museum, classical sculptures and contemporary digital waste are of equal value and in constant dialogue.
NavigatorBjörn Kämmerer IFFR 2016 7′
Navigator consists solely of monumental close-ups of refractions and reflections in a rotating lens system. A magnificent, disorientating watching machine shot on 35mm film.
The New Man and My FatherAdrián Melis IFFR 2016 6′
Cuban artist Adrian Melis stages an intimate interview with his father, a communist revolutionary, whose face speaks volumes in light of his rapidly changing country.
No One Gets Out Of Here AliveRamzi Bashour IFFR 2016 11′
As a Syrian refugee in Beirut, Walid wants to do everything by the book, but that proves difficult in this time and place.
Nos champsBaptiste Ribrault IFFR 2016 21′
What happens to you when you find out after the Charlie Hebdo attacks that you knew one of the men who went to Syria to join IS?
Nothing StrangerPedro Collantes IFFR 2016 23′
Ling’s childhood friend Mei has died. Together with Mei’s sister, Ling visits the place Mei died - that lies in an imposing landscape - for the first time.
Nuestro marEileen Hofer IFFR 2016 15′
While a storm approaches Havana, Emilio and his neighbour Omara Portuondo talk about the past and dream of things out of reach.
OgasavaraVakhtang (Tato) Kotetishvili IFFR 2016 8′
Murad and Masha are getting married. But their romantic date dynamite fishing takes a surprising turn. A whimsical tale of love, death and stop-motion.
Our Fathers' SonsUlaa Salim IFFR 2016 8′
A son seeks his father’s approval. He relates what it’s like to be raised in a country with a culture different to that of your father.
Panels for the Walls of the WorldStan Vanderbeek IFFR 2016 8′
A 20th-century collage: ranging from Marilyn Monroe, moon missions and dancing twirlers to military parades. One of the first video mixing experiments.
Peace in the Absence of WarTheo Anthony IFFR 2016 5′
Portrait of Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death. A confused city in pain that counted both protests and classical concerts among its responses. Screens before The Other Side.
De pedaalridderAri Deelder IFFR 2016 50′
The life of racing cyclist and city Don Quixote Willem Koopman can be described as going from the podium to the gutter. High time a film was made about this intriguing man and his tragic life. With and by many big names from Rotterdam.
PoemDan Browne IFFR 2016 4′
Images cycle and combine into dream-like passages that reveal the infinite potentials of sight within the finitude of everyday objects. Based on a poem by Michael Snow.
Il quarto giorno di scuolaMartina Melilli IFFR 2016 5′
The director’s father crossed over from Tripoli to Italy as a child. His story aligns seamlessly with that of the current stream of migrants and their experiences.
The Return of ErkinMaria Guskova IFFR 2016 29′
After years spent in prison, Erkin returns to his village. A compelling and beautifully paced portrait of a broken man.
RiotNathan Silver IFFR 2016 4′
Nine-year old Silver directed his first film during his birthday party in 1992, re-enacting the LA riots with friends.
São Paulo com DanielDeborah Viegas, Nicolas Thomé Zetune IFFR 2016 30′
Much to his chagrin, Daniel has to accompany his mother to an oncology conference. An unexpected meeting makes it an interesting weekend after all.
ScrapbookMike Hoolboom IFFR 2016 18′
Autist Donna Washington comments on footage of her and her fellow patients, shot 50 years ago at the psychiatric clinic.
Sept. - Oct. 2015, CizreIFFR 2016 15′
Which selections do you make when you record the war around you? Women and children in Cizre gain a voice with their own documentary.
SilberseeAlexandra Navratil IFFR 2016 11′
Alexandra Navratil’s photo-essay takes the perspective of the chemically contaminated lake Silbersee to illustrate the slow torture man inflicts on Earth.
The Silence of AniFrancis Alÿs IFFR 2016 13′
Between Armenia and Turkey lie the ruins of once bustling Ani. The silence is increasingly broken by birdsong. Has everything been staged?
A Simple Story, Mine, Yours and M’sAtefeh Yarmohammadi IFFR 2016 33′
The director, who was born in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, works out her personal history. Painful, yet not sentimental.
O som da casaMaxime Kathari IFFR 2016 14′
A few fleeting moments between a Brazilian student getting ready to leave for Europe and her mother observing her silently. A loving farewell.
The Song of Rio JimMaurice Lemaître IFFR 2016 6′
A musical film experience. The sound, not the images, tells the story. An homage to the founders of the Western genre. With brutal wind instruments.
SpermwhoreAnna Linder IFFR 2016 12′
Experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where heterosexual relationships dictate. The possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared and undertaken together.